We headed off to the north island before things turned upside down, both for a holiday (which didn't happen!) and to visit friends and family.
One of the family we were visiting was my lovely sister, Sal (aka Dragon Lady) , who sadly has Alzheimers and is in care. A very emotional visit as she no longer knows me - its very hard watching someone you love leave the room for ever. Anyway, after that I helped sort through her studio, as she has been an abstract painter. I was expecting chaos, but she had actually organised things very well! Despite having large amounts of art materials , I could see that all were well used, favourite brushes and palette knives all carefully stored , and a huge range of inks and paint to create her vibrant artwork. It made guilty to think of the chaos in my own studio :)
Next on the visiting list , oddly enough, was another friend who has Alzheimers too , and is preparing to go into a retirement unit. She also had large piles of art materials, but in this case most had never been used, or in fact, even opened. box after box of new paint, paper, calligraphy sets, stencils etc etc. This was harder , because I could see that although she wanted to create she was n longer able to, though she's obviously still been able to get to the art shop! Anyway, she agreed that the local art group would love to be given it all, so hopefully it's going to be used.
What's the moral of all of this?I'm not sure, other than that in these scary, uncertain times , if there's a project you want to do just do it! Creating anything is something that always make you feel better. And life is certainly too short to postpone what you want to be doing. So, during your 4 weeks at home why don't you clean out your art/craft cupboard and just play? I'd love to see what you make- send me a photo to my studio facebook page - korimako studio -and I'll post it.
keep safe, look after yourself and others and follow the bubble rules :)